For all of you who banished the pixie cut and the trendy bob and any other shorter ’do from your vocabulary, we feel you. Rapunzel is your fairytale alter-ego and that will never change. You want her long, flowing locks (and, yes, maybe the knight in shining armor, too). However, you cannot just spin your shorter strands into long silky ones overnight. There is no magic potion to make your hair grow in the blink of an eye, unfortunately. But you can promote healthy growth with a few changes to your routine that will have you letting down your hair in the fastest way possible.
While hair extensions are a quick-fix way to additional length, they aren’t permanent nor are they the best option for your scalp and hair health in the long run.
Take your hair to new lengths with these tips from the pros.
1. Trims are your friend!
It’s one of the ultimate ironies of the beauty world, but hair must be trimmed regularly to grow longer and live up to its full potential. So, don’t banish the salon from your schedule. We know you want to maintain every millimeter of that hair, but getting it trimmed will pay off in the long run. “While haircuts don’t make your hair grow any faster, they get rid of split ends that break your hair,” says celebrity hairstylist Michael Dueñas. If you let those split ends stick around for too long, they’ll work their way up the strand and cause breakage that will negatively impact your hair growth efforts as you’ll have to trim more later on. Celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend suggests cutting about an eighth of an inch off every 10 to 12 weeks to prevent extreme split ends before they start.
2. Mind your scalp
If you want long, beautiful hair, you cannot ignore the building blocks, which is to say you need a good foundation with your scalp. Massaging a serum into your roots a few times a week will help nourish the scalp and “lead to healthier, stronger hair with less breakage,” according to Francesco Fusco, a dermatologist in New York City. Look for one that contains essential oils such as avocado or coconut. Massaging your scalp is also recommended as it promotes blood flow to the scalp, which in turn stimulates the hair follicles.